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Annabelle T from Readington township wrote on January 24, 2018:
I love unicorns and we had to do an author study and so I finally had a choice to choose something that actually interests me!
Thank you!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi Annabelle -

Delighted to know that you've got a topic that interests you! I've been fascinated by unicorns forever. My second book, way back in 1979, was a picture book called SARAH'S UNICORN. I didn't imagine, back when I wrote that little book, that I would eventually write a four volume epic about unicorns!

Davis Smith wrote on January 19, 2018:
I've been fascinated with aliens my whole life. Finally an author who writes about what I love. I just started reading aliens ate my homework and I love it. 🙂
Reply by Bruce Coville
Delighted to know that. I hope you'll enjoy the series. I have a special fondness for it because Rod is the only character I ever based totally and completely on myself!
James Johnson from Pocatello wrote on January 16, 2018:
I loved Always October but there is one thing that surprised me, the very end it put me on a total cliffhanger because that it didn't show what kind of monster Jake was. I would love it if you made a sequel to this book.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks for this - I'm delighted to know that you loved ALWAYS OCTOBER! It was a tough one to write . . . the story came out much longer than I anticipated. But I really loved the surprises I had along the way.

As to the ending . . . I like leaving something a bit unresolved, as it leaves something for the reader to think about, which helps to keep the story alive in your mind. This is a technique I learned from reading Eleanor Cameron's wonderful MUSHROOM PLANET books.

That said, I actually would have loved to do a sequel to AL-OCT. Alas, the first book did not do well enough to justify writing another. That was partly because the publisher did not put the book into paperback, a decision I still do not understand.

Thanks for your message . . . and for reading my books!

Lauren from Boston, MA USA wrote on July 17, 2017:
Hello! The Unicorn Chronicles is a series that is near and dear to my heart. I started reading Into the Land of the Unicorns in 2nd grade and read the first 3 books countless times after that. I recently got a copy of The Last Hunt and couldn't put it down. Thank you for taking the time to wrap up the story the way it deserved! Just wanted to pop in and say thanks. 🙂 -Lauren
Reply by Jerry Russell
Hi, Lauren -

A million thanks for this message. I felt terrible about how long it took me to finish the Unicorn Chronicles, but I also felt that it was more important to get it RIGHT than to get it fast. I'm truly glad to know that you think the results justified the time that I took.

All best,

Ally Perkins from Flagler Beach, Florida United States wrote on July 17, 2017:
Hi Mr. Coville, Thank you for replying to me! I ended up getting a copy from my local library, and while I am sad that the series is finished, I am pleased about how it ended. It was in the children's section of the library, and I know it is geared towards the younger demographic, but the last book really moved me. I had grown attached to all your characters and am happy I could join them on their adventures. So few books are that well thought out, and The Last Hunt put me in such a good mood. I am still trying to get a copy. Thank you again so replying, so many authors don't find the time to interact with fans! Also, are you planning on releasing new books any time soon? Thanks, Ally
Reply by Jerry Russell
Hi, Ally -

I'm delighted to know that you liked the final book so much. I felt very bad about how long it took me to write it, but I really wanted to get it right. I had seen too many series falter in the final book and really let the fans down, and I didn't want that to happen. In terms of sales it would have been better to get it down sooner, i know. But getting it right was more important. So your reaction really does mean a great deal to me.

I have a new book coming out in September. It's called TROLLED and I'm very excited about it!

Nessa Weld from Michigan wrote on July 17, 2017:
Hi Bruce! I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed your books since I was in kindergarten and I still enjoy them even 17 years later! I immediately fell in love with the Unicorn Chronicles and that is by far my most favorite. Also, you have spoiled me for other audio books with your work with Full Cast Audio. I just have a few questions, have you ever thought about writing any more material in connection with the Unicorn Chronicles? (It's been far too long!) Also, I would like to know, have any of the universes in your series' every crossed over? Thank you for all that you do!
Reply by Jerry Russell
Hi, Nessa -

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I can't always keep up with the guestbook as I would like.

I am so delighted that you loved the Unicorn Chronicles . . . and even MORE delighted by your response to what we do at Full Cast Audio.

I have indeed thought about writing more in the world of the Unicorn Chronicles. I originally designed the series so that I could go back and write stories about things that had happened in the past, all of them recorded in Grimwold's archive. Alas, things did not work out at Scholastic for me to pursue that idea. But it is not dead! There may be other volumes at some point.

That was a great question about whether any of my universes have crossed over. That has not happened so far, but you've got me thinking about whether it might happen in the future! Thanks for the nudge!

Michael from Grenvile, South carolina USA wrote on July 14, 2017:
I should introduce myself first I'm Michael or you can call me mikko I'm a big fan of your books me and my sister started reading the unicorn chronicles 8 years ago at first I thought it was going to be a girly book but it turned out the be full of Adventure and non-stop excitement we finally manage to track down a copy of the 4th book for the cheapest I could find it for 42 dollars x_x and just got it in the mail yesterday haven't started reading it yet I guess we really don't want the adventure to end yet we really appreciate the wonderful story you made sincerely Miko
Reply by Jerry Russell
Hi, Miko - and thanks for this terrific message. Your loyalty to the Unicorn Chronicles makes me very happy. I'm sorry that last book has become so hard to obtain . . . I have never been able to understand why Scholastic didn't do a paperback version! I'm glad to know you managed to get a copy - hope you'll approve of the way everything wraps up!

Ally Perkins from Flagler Beach, FL USA wrote on July 7, 2017:
Hi Mr. Coville, I first want to say thank you for sharing your imagination with the world. Your books are magic. When I was young, I fell in love with your book Juilet Dove, Queen of Love (no pun intended) and the rest of your Magic Shop books. The Monster's Ring was actually assigned reading in an English class one year! I am now re-reading the Unicorn Chronicles. When I first read them, I thought there were only two, but an Amazon search told me there were four! I just finished the third and even though I'm 24, I loved it! Herein the problem lies. The 4th book costs at least $40! I know they are out of print, but do you have any suggestions on how to get it? My local library has it, but I would like it for my personal library. I would love to know if you have any suggestions. Thank you again for sharing your creativity with the world, and adding a little magic to the world 🙂
Reply by Jerry Russell
Hi, Ally -

Thanks for this lovely message, and my apologies for taking so long to answer. I was on the road for meetings all last week.

I am very sorry about the situation with the last book of the Unicorn Chronicles. For reasons I have never understood, Scholastic never released a paperback edition. I'm still sad and upset about that. There is, alas, no easy way to get a copy of it now . . . though there is an audiobook version that you can get (I recorded it myself, with a full cast, and I think its pretty terrific, even if I do say so myself!)

I do have the rights to the series back, and my agent and I are investigating how to get them back in print. I may just publish them myself. So they will be back, one way or another. I just can't say how quickly it will happen.

All best,

Amanda from Smithfield, Rhode Island USA wrote on July 6, 2017:
Hi Bruce. Sorry to sign your guestbook again. I wanted to say thanks for explaining about how the books were released, I'm blonde so sometimes things which seem self explanatory don't make sense to me right away. Thanks again. ~Amanda
Reply by Jerry Russell
Happy to have been able to shed some light on the matter. The ways of publishing are enough to confound a rocket scientist sometimes.

Amanda from Smithfield, Rhode Island USA wrote on July 5, 2017:
Hi Bruce. I feel honored you remember me. Hmm, I wonder how that person is selling a hardcover book if there isn't one. Sounds like a scam to me. Yes, that would be great, even a hardcover boxed set would be awesome. As for my email address, I don't actually eat snakes. The first three letters are my first, middle, and last innitials and the last part is from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which is one of my favorite Metal Gear Solid titles. If you're not sure of the franchise it's a video game series which has been going on since 1998 but they had couple of earlier games sort of prequel games in the 1980's. I was born in 1984 but didn't start playing the NES until I was around 4 or 5. Anyway, sorry to ramble but I appreciate you letting me know about The Unicorn Chronicles. Have a great rest of the week. ~Amanda
Reply by Jerry Russell
Hi, Amanda -

Oh, all four of the books were published in hardcover. But there was never a uniform edition, with matching art for all four volumes. And even though Scholastic did commission new covers for books 1 and 2 when books 3 and 4 were finally written, they never released a paperback edition of the fourth book. So there is no way to get a matching set of all four titles. At least there is matching cover art for the four of them, by an artist that I loved. But here's how it goes with the final art/artist:

Book 1 - paperback only
Book 2 - paperback only
Book 3 - paperback and hardcover
Book 4 - hardcover only

Which drives my OCD self slightly crazy! ;>

Thanks for the explanation of your email address.